Dutch rider Harrie Smolders opened the CSI5* CHI de Geneve to dominated the speed class with a 7-hundredths of a second advantage. (Photo © chi-geneve.ch)
Dutch rider Harrie Smolders flew in the opening of the CSI5* CHI de Geneve to take the first victory of the week with a 7-hundredth advantage.
During the Credit Suisse Geneva Classic dispute, world No. 6 Harrie Smolders stopped the clock in 61.28 seconds with the 13-year-old gelding Zinius (Reve x Kannan Nabab) owned by Eurohorse Bvba-Axel Verlooy, securing 100 World Ranking points with its victory on course designed by Swiss Gérard Lachat.
For second place the Egyptian rider Abdel Said managed to finish 7 hundredths of a second slower with the 10-year-old mare Hope van Scherpen Donder (Quadrillo x Balou du Rouet), while the best Pan American Ranking representative occupied third place with the formidable performance of two-time US Olympic medalist Laura Kraut accompanied by the 11-year-old gelding Deauville S (Diamant de Semilly x Lux Z) in 62.89 seconds.
Completed the Top 5 Belgian rider Gregory Wathelet taking fourth place along with the 13-year-old stallion Eldorado van het Vijverhof (Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Omar) in 63.00 seconds and fifth place also Belgium Jerome Guery with the 11-year-old stallion Garfield de Tiji des Templiers (Quasimodo Z x Goldspring of Lauzelle) in 63.47 seconds.
The best seed of the class, world number 1 and Pan American Ranking leader Kent Farrington of the United States of America completed the fastest round in 60.23 seconds, but fell a fence with the 10-year-old gelding Creedance (Lord Z x Notaris) that left him ranked 16th.
For the Latino Ranking their leader Pedro Veniss of Brazil accumulated 8 fouls in his round to be out of the points, appearing with the 12-year-old mare For Felicila (For Pleasure x Espri) and registering a time of 69.64 seconds in 38th.